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Local teens awarded for academic prowess

STUDENTS from two North Shore high schools were among business students from across the province who took top spots in the Junior Achievement of British Columbia's 15th annual B.C. Business Challenge held in downtown Vancouver Jan. 14.

STUDENTS from two North Shore high schools were among business students from across the province who took top spots in the Junior Achievement of British Columbia's 15th annual B.C. Business Challenge held in downtown Vancouver Jan. 14.

According to a press release, the B.C. Business Challenge is a fast-paced competition where grades 11 and 12 students take on the role of high-tech executives in a global business simulation.

The intense day of competition sees teams work against the clock to develop management strategies for their imaginary companies, analyzing financial reports and scrutinizing the actions of other companies in a futuristic marketplace.

Twenty-one teams worked through 18 quarters of business to bring their futuristic product, a miniature audio player capable of generating holographic images, to market. They determined pricing, production levels and dollars to be spent in marketing, capital investment, and research and development. Teams were split up into three different marketplace levels based on experience with the Junior Achievement Titan Program: Titans (most experienced); Executives (some experience); and Entrepreneurs (new to the game).

In the Titan Market, West Vancouver's Rockridge secondary (Redirect Inc.) placed second and in the Executive Market, Windsor secondary (The One Percent), placed third.

. . . The University of New Brunswick recently released a list of B.C. students receiving undergraduate scholarships for study in the 2012-13 academic years.

North Vancouver student Gillian Edwards from Seycove secondary received an academic scholarship worth $2,000 in support of her nursing studies.

Fellow North Vancouver native Alison Chalke received a $500 Friends of the Varsity Reds-Women's Basketball award in support of her pursuit of a master's of philosophy.

Both will be attending classes on the university's Fredericton campus.

. . . West Vancouver native Alexandra Roberts-Mendel was named to the Seaver College dean's list at Pepperdine University for the fall 2012 semester.

In order to earn dean's list honours, students must be in the upper 10 per cent of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average.

This year Roberts-Mendel is one of 290 students to receive the honour.

The purpose of the dean's list is to provide recognition for the positive academic achievements of students at the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and to serve as an additional incentive for academic excellence to all students.

Seaver College, located in Malibu, Calif., is the undergraduate school for Pepperdine University, a Christian institution committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service and leadership, according to a release from the school.

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